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CEO Knestis Contributes to STELAR Webinar

Hezel Associates' CEO, Kirk Knestis will be contributing to another STELAR webinar on September 24, 2015. Along with David Blustein, Boston College and David Reider, Education Design, LLC, Dr. Knestis will be discussing the elements of career education and how workforce data should be used in the framing of an NSF ITEST proposal.

Register for the webinar here: http://bit.ly/1OyPKbS


SU Awarded Rare NSF NRT Project

Hezel Associates will serve as the third-party evaluator for a $3 million grant won by Syracuse University. The grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is part of their NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) funding, of which Syracuse was 1 of 8 universities to receive the award. The newly funded program, Education Model Program on Water-Energy Research (EMPOWER) will prepare masters and doctoral students at Syracuse University with the technical and professional skills needed to excel in the field. Hezel Associates will be working collaboratively with Syracuse University to create a comprehensive mixed-methods evaluation and will also explore the impact of the grant on the STEM community to identify any promising practices that have emerged during grant activities that could be shared with a broader audience.

To find out more about this project visit these websites:


Hezel Associates Evaluates Another NSF ATE Project

Suffolk County Community College (SCCC; www.SCCC.edu) has been awarded a grant by the National Science foundation (NSF) for an Advanced Technical Education (ATE) initiative. The Leading Innovation through Green High-Tech Engineering, Sustainability & Security (LIGHTES^2) project will build upon New York State’s significant investment in sustainable energy industry growth.

Hezel Associates, LLC has been contracted by SCCC to conduct an external evaluation of this project in order to monitor implementation, provide formative feedback for project improvements, and assess the effectiveness of the project in terms of achieving its goals for students.

To learn more about this innovative project, click here: https://www.sunysuffolk.edu/About/News/3826.asp


Five Questions All Evaluators Should Ask Their Clients

Our very own Pat Fiorenza got to share his thoughts on client relationships in the evaluation field in the EvaluATE blog. Click here to read what you should ask your client at the onset of your project: http://www.evalu-ate.org/blog/fiorenza-july2015/


Hezel Associates Further Expands its US DOL TAACCCT Portfolio

Hezel Associates has been selected as the external evaluator for Alpena Community College’s (ACC; discover.alpenacc.edu) US DOL TAACCCT Round 4 grant. ACC received $2,500,000 in this round of Federal funding, which focuses on four STEM industry sectors.

Its fourteenth US DOL TAACCCT evaluation, Hezel Associates is conducting a concurrent embedded mixed-methods study in order to answer the program’s research questions. In order to assess the impact of the project on performance measures, Hezel Associates is using a quasi-experimental, matched participant design using propensity score matching to identify a comparison group for the programs of study.

For more information, click here: http://tiny.cc/5fe90x


Hezel Associates Evaluates Veteran’s Program in Virginia

Hezel Associates will conduct an evaluation to assess the implementation and impact of the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) and Mentoring programs being piloted as part of the Department of Labor Virginia Veterans Services Demonstration Project at five locations in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS; http://www.vccs.edu/). This evaluation will be a comprehensive mixed methods study and data will be collected from five pilot sites: Germanna Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College and Tidewater Community College. The evaluation will provide feedback to improve implementation and assess the promise of these programs by comparing outcomes including, or theoretically linked to, credential attainment and employment between students receiving prior learning assessment (PLA), and mentoring support with those who have not.

Find out more about the project by clicking here: http://tiny.cc/s7uq0x


Hezel Associates Gives Back at ARISE

It’s important for companies to give back to society and provide support to local organizations. To this end, Hezel Associates looks for opportunities for our team to volunteer services, provide assistance, or help out financially. This week the team was excited to offer our time and energy at ARISE at the Farm, an accessible, inclusive recreation center located on a 77-acre working horse farm in Chittenango, NY. Since 1979, ARISE (http://www.ariseinc.org/) has provided opportunities so that people with disabilities can live freely and independently in the community. ARISE at the Farm is open throughout the year and offers a variety of recreational activities for disabled and handicapped individuals living throughout Central New York.

Our team spent the day clearing brush on the Sensory Trail. This area on the Farm is used for horseback riding and offers camp participants the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds (and smells) of nature. It was hard at times but definitely worth the effort as we saw campers enjoying their time at the Farm.

Find out more about ARISE at the Farm here: http://www.ariseinc.org/recreation-art/arise-at-the-farm/







Hezel Associates Hires Michelle Slowik

Hezel Associates has hired Michelle Slowik as a Research Assistant. Prior to joining Hezel Associates, Ms. Slowik worked as a Research Assistant while pursuing her degree at SUNY Oswego. In this role, she gained experience in project design and management, and also quantitative and qualitative analysis. Ms. Slowik holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Health Science from SUNY Oswego.

Find out more about Michelle by clicking here: http://tiny.cc/65blzx